End Time Articles
April , 2021
Week 1 and 2
Article Title : Godless America: Anticipating The Antichrist
BY JAN MARKELL/OLIVE TREE MINISTRIES
Oh, how America is preparing for the Antichrist with a Godless mindset.
A recent article in the Los Angeles Times and Yahoo News is headlined, “Why America’s Record Godlessness is Good News for the Nation.”
In part it reads, “The secularization of U.S. society–the waning of religious faith, practice and affiliation–is continuing at a dramatic and historically unprecedented pace. While many may consider such a development as a cause for concern, such a worry is not warranted. This increasing godlessness in America is actually a good thing, to be welcomed and embraced.”
Are you serious?
As recently as 1976, nearly 40% of Americans said they believed that the Bible was the actual word of God–to be taken literally. Today, only about a quarter of Americans believe that. More believe the Bible is a collection of fables, history and tales written by men.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) recently proclaimed that God’s will was of no concern to this Congress. First the liberals kicked God out of the Pledge of Allegiance and then out of their Democrat National Convention in 2012. Until recently, they did not make an effort to force the rest of the nation to also abandon God.
Secularization has consequences. Check out nations that have experimented with it: Japan, Scandanavia, Australia, the U.K. and parts of Eastern Europe. How is society functioning in Godless China and Russia? Once God is gone, repression almost always follows.
The article heralding America’s new Godlessness said that now society can embrace abortion, socialized medicine, euthanasia, and gun control.
It reads, “The organic secularization we are experiencing in the United States is a progressive force for good, one that is associated with improved human rights, more protections for planet Earth, and an increased socio-cultural propensity to make this life as fair and just as we can–in the here and now–rather than in a heavenly reward that fewer and fewer of us believe in.”
Does this not foreshadow the words of Luke 18:8: When Christ returns, will He find any of faith?
Government Becomes God
For one hundred years, there has been an effort to make government god. Starting in 2020, an element was added that furthered that agenda–fear. Fear of a pandemic. It became the perfect storm.
Author and blogger Jonathan Brentner writes, “The combination of fear and the great deception of our time, have made vast numbers of people willing to submit to the government, which they now regard as the protector of their health.
As a result, they have willingly given up many of their rights and freedoms for the sake of remaining healthy, a trend sure to continue.
“The New World Order (AKA the beast) cannot exercise its dominion over people apart from their willingness to submit to dictates of a government they trust for their well-being and health. People wear masks without questioning their effectiveness.
“And, very few pastors stand up against the restriction regarding the freedom of religion imposed on them by socialist governors.
“In order for the elite to achieve their ultimate goal of a one-world government, they must convince people of the need for more government control of their lives. This explains their devotion to the contrived climate emergency and why they will not let go of the increased control over our lives that they have achieved through the China virus.”
Four of the most terrifying words in the Bible are “God gave them over.” (Romans 1:24-28) Because man rejected God, He gave them over to foolish idolatry. We find the same principle in 2 Thessalonians 2, but this time in terms of delusional beliefs: Those who reject God’s truth will end up following the Antichrist. They will run pell-mell into his arms.
The stage is being set.
Just 50-100 years ago, our churches were filled on Sundays. Even though the Mainline Protestants were in decline, still faithful Presbyterians, Lutherans and Methodists joyfully sang hymns. The evangelical church was exploding in reaction to the liberalism that had invaded the church.
The thought of a prominent U.S. Congressman stating that our government was not concerned with God’s will was unthinkable!
But 50-100 years ago we were not so late in the game! Few were even thinking about the Antichrist, much less knowingly or unknowingly heralding his coming. Now he is on the horizon. So are the Four Horsemen.
Evil is on its way. So is the return of the Lord in what is known as the Rapture of the Church. That’s the good news in the midst of this sad story. He’s coming soon whether the church today talks about this event or not. Nothing can stop it.
Week 3 and 4
Article Title 1 : North Korea and Iran send chilling message to President Biden’s new leadership
(ETH) – Iran has shown off its new “missile city” today packed full of ballistic rockets in a chilling message to US President Joe Biden. Footage shared by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy in Iran shows the underground bunker with dozens of missiles.
The bunker in an undisclosed location reportedly contains both “cruise and ballistic missiles”, according to Iranian state media. The Iranian military said the bunker has security to protect against electronic war attacks. It was unveiled on Monday in a ceremony attended by IRGCN General Hossein Salami and other high-ranking military officials.
He said: “[Despite being] under sanctions, we have made major technological achievements in the defense industry.” The navy showed different types of missiles during the ceremony, including some that can change targets once fired. Earlier this year, Iran released images of massive hidden bases dotted all over the Islamic republic, showing thousands of missiles ready for launch from secret bunkers ready to be used if “enemies make a mistake”.
Fears of war rose earlier in March when Iranian militia groups claimed to have set up “resistance cells” in the United States. Iran has been making serious and increasingly extreme threats against the US following the January 3 assassination of their top general, Quasem Soleimani. CONTINUE
Meanwhile, North Korea is allegedly preparing to carry out its “first nuclear weapons test” since President Joe Biden took office, United States intelligence has learned. CNN reported on the news after speaking with a handful of US officials who wished to remain anonymous.
US officials are reportedly on alert after scaled-down, simulated military exercises were conducted by the US and South Korea, CNN explained. The report also noted that US Secretary of State Tony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are set to meet on Wednesday with top foreign policy and security officials in not only South Korea but also Japan and other Asian ally countries.
A senior US official informed the news outlet that the outcome of Blinken and Austin’s meetings will help North Korea decide whether to follow through with the “planned tests.” Blinken and Austin also met on Tuesday to discuss the “complete denuclearization of North Korea,” the US State Department reportedly revealed. Meanwhile, a public warning about a North Korea threat was issued by a senior US general on Tuesday, CNN reported. CONTINUE
Article Title 2:
All Of A Sudden, There Is A Tremendous Amount Of Political Chatter About Creating A Palestinian State In The Middle East
For decades, U.S. presidents have dreamed of being able to bring “peace” to the Middle East by brokering a comprehensive peace deal that includes a “two-state solution”, but up to this point nobody has been able to pull off that seemingly impossible goal. Over the years, just getting the Israelis and Palestinians to sit down together at the same negotiating table has proven to be extremely challenging, and there were no direct talks of any substance at all during Trump’s four years in the White House. But now Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leaders both seem open to negotiations, and the Biden administration has made it exceedingly clear that there will be a major push for a “two-state solution” in the near future. This is extremely troubling, because it would be a colossal error for the U.S. to broker a deal that would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state in the Middle East.
Over the past 7 days, there has been a tremendous amount of political chatter about a “two-state solution”. Last Sunday, Palestinian leaders sent a letter to the White House which stated that they are “committed to the establishment of a Palestinian state”…
The Palestinian Authority (PA) sent an official letter to the White House claiming that all factions, including Hamas, were committed to the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The letter was delivered by Hussein Al-Sheikh, the PA’s Head of the General Authority of Civil Affairs, to U.S. President Joe Biden’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr.
Then on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi that the Biden administration is extremely focused on the goal of achieving a “two-state resolution”…
The Biden administration is committed to a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi when the two men spoke on Monday night.
“The secretary addressed the US approach towards a more peaceful, secure and prosperous future for Israelis, Palestinians and the greater Middle East,” Blinken’s office said.
After U.S. officials attended an international meeting on Middle East peace on Tuesday, the State Department once again reiterated the Biden administration’s commitment to “a negotiated two-state solution”…
“During the discussion, the United States reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to advancing prosperity, security, and freedom for both Israelis and Palestinians and to preserve the prospects of a negotiated two-state solution in which Israel lives in peace and security alongside a viable Palestinian state,” the State Department said in a statement.
“The United States underscored the commitment to supporting economic and humanitarian assistance and the need to see progress on outstanding projects that will improve the lives of the Palestinian people, while urging all parties to avoid unilateral steps that make a two-state solution more difficult to achieve,” it said.
Subsequently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke directly to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about a two-state solution on Wednesday.
The following is what Pelosi said about her discussion with Netanyahu on Twitter…
Today, I spoke w/ @IsraeliPM to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations & Congress’s unwavering support for a safe & secure Israel. We discussed COVID response & our shared hope for regional peace, including a just, stable & enduring 2-state solution.
Many have assumed that Netanyahu would stand in the way of a “two-state solution”, but he has always said that he is open to getting back to the negotiating table.
And many of the agreements that have been brokered between Israel and various Arab nations in recent months have been made with the understanding that Netanyahu will be willing to sit down with the Palestinians and make progress toward a “two-state solution”.
Netanyahu knows that if he refuses to negotiate that all of the progress that he has made with Arab nations in the region could be reversed very rapidly.
Unfortunately, even though he won’t admit it publicly, Netanyahu appears to believe that a Palestinian state is inevitable.
Of course with elections looming, Israel could have a new leader soon, and that leader may be even more receptive to a Palestinian state than Netanyahu is.
But no matter who wins the upcoming election, I don’t expect anything to happen right away.
The Iranian problem is of much more immediate concern to Israeli leaders, and I think that they would feel much more comfortable negotiating peace with the Palestinians if that crisis was resolved.
At some point a major conflict with Iran will erupt, and it won’t be pretty.
We don’t know exactly when it will happen, but it could potentially be soon. On Thursday, the U.S. military made headlines all over the world when it bombed Iranian-backed forces inside Syria…
The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.
If the Israelis felt that the Iranian threat had been removed, I think that they would be quite receptive to negotiations on a final peace deal with the Palestinians.
And someday the U.S. government will be involved in brokering an agreement that formally establishes a Palestinian state. This is one of the most important events that we are watching for, and once that line is crossed we will never be able to go back.
I have written numerous articles about why it is so important for the U.S. not to be involved in the dividing of the land of Israel, and I will continue to sound the alarm.
Unfortunately, Joe Biden and his minions are definitely not listening to watchmen like me.
Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Joe Biden made it quite clear that he is 100 percent committed to a Palestinian state.
And Kamala Harris has also not moved from her position that a Palestinian state must be established if Israel is going to have peace.
Personally, I believe that there will be a tremendous push for a “two-state solution” during the Biden administration, and I believe that it is quite likely that a Palestinian state will be established during these four years.
But if it doesn’t happen during this administration, it will almost certainly happen during the next one.
We have reached such a critical point in history, and we are on the verge of crossing a line that will never be able to be uncrossed.
By Endtime Headlines
Article Title 3:
ancel Culture: The Most Dangerous Virus Infecting the Church Today
By now, most know what the cancel culture is: something you did in your past will be used to silence, stop, and “cancel” you. Whether it’s Mike Lindell, whose pillow company lost many retailers after he publicly questioned the election, or Goya Foods, who upset people when they thanked President Trump, the cancel culture doesn’t tolerate opposing views. So much for being “tolerant.”
Do you see the irony? The cancel culture protects Cuties on Netflix and loves Cardi B lyrics, but they can’t stand Bible verses, worship songs, or views that oppose them. Dr. Seuss is bad, Dumbo is a racist, and Speedy Gonzales offends. Granted, things from the past may need to be changed from time to time, but if you focus on children’s books and cartoon characters and say nothing against child porn, human trafficking, little kids being intentionally confused about their gender, or the killing of innocent children in the womb, you’ve lost all credibility.
The Church—Friend or Foe?
I am not especially surprised by the actions of the world; it is simply being true to its fallen nature. Rather, it’s the actions of the so-called church that are disturbing. In 2020, the cancel culture in the church became a reality for me. I was scheduled to speak at a church in Palos Verdes, California, but when the assistant pastor found out that my political views differed from his, he complained to the elders, and just like that, I was canceled—never mind the fact that my message didn’t even touch on politics. Listen to it at #1 below, and let me know if a church should cancel this type of message or if it’s exactly what we need to hear.
I received another surprise in May of 2020. I had been corresponding with Pastor Jack Hibbs about opening our church on May 31. Once we decided to open, I was shocked by how many pastors came against us. I even shared with one prominent pastor in my area how happy I was when Pastor John MacArthur and the elders at Grace Community Church also opened. To my utter dismay, he wasn’t happy at all.
By this time, the shenanigans and the agendas of many political leaders were becoming apparent (more at #2 below). We not only had a legitimate virus to deal with but we had agendas and ulterior motives working against us as well. Would churches capitulate and use Romans 13 out of context, or would they meet to fast, pray, and contend for the truth? Would they be cowards or watchmen?
Around this time, our local newspaper also canceled my articles, which had been featured for over a decade. Many liberal Christians no doubt complained and swayed the editor. Facebook also shadow banned me, causing our audience to drop from a quarter-million people per month to around ten thousand. Apparently, my views didn’t fit their narratives. They, along with YouTube, also banned my video on vaccines and immunity and removed some of my sermons. (The banned video is #3 below.)
“My View is the Right View,” So They Say
One local pastor who still hadn’t opened his church a year into COVID told me that I was actually hurting the gospel because of my views. Apparently, you’re not allowed to share solid biblical teaching if you hold beliefs that oppose liberal “Christians.” “You’re hurting the gospel with your views unless your views align with my views,” so they say.
Then in July 2020 I was hit again. We held church services at JetHawk Stadium in Lancaster, California, and it wasn’t primarily unbelievers who were complaining. Other Christians and pastors were gossiping and backbiting. It is telling that none of them seemed to be excited that over 10,000 people attended the 4-month event and we had over 150 baptisms, the majority of which were spontaneous.
Sadly, within the church, the cancel culture is often fueled by jealousy and arrogance. “They don’t think like I think, so God cannot be using them,” goes the reasoning. There have been other groups throughout the ages who behaved in similar ways—the Pharisees come to mind, as well as the pastors and denominations who have stood against many of the past revivals simply because God had the audacity to use someone else and in a way that differed from them.
So while the cancel culture is not a new thing, it is new in America, and it’s on the rise. Our nation is increasingly polarized, with people unable to have civil conversations with those who have dissimilar views, and who actually take pleasure in destroying the lives and livelihoods of those who dare to have a different opinion.
Pleasing Man Rather Than God
As I wrote last week in my article on why churches should open, all pastors relate to COVID differently depending on their perspective and circumstances. They are under tremendous pressure and need more grace, not less. I’m sure that many do much good in their communities, and for that, I applaud them. However, I don’t think cowardliness should go unchecked, for “iron sharpens iron” (Proverbs 27:17).
Let me state up front that without the Spirit of God, I’m a coward. Without deep seasons of prayer and fasting, I’m weak. Without extended times of heartfelt worship where I weep, repent, and realign my heart with Christ, I would drift from God. My heart breaks for the church, but the truth is that many Christians are being influenced by social media rather than by God’s Spirit and spend more time criticizing others rather than looking in the mirror and more time reading left-leaning liberals instead of reading and applying God’s Word. Like Samson, they do not know that the Spirit has departed (Judges 16:20).
Sadly, many pastors are joining the cancel culture, keeping their church doors locked and aligning with ungodly organizations because they have either lost the compass of truth or the boldness of the Spirit—or possibly both. They are distant from Christ, and therefore seek to be pleasers of men rather than lovers of God: “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).
They may cancel people, ideas, concepts, videos, articles, and sermons, but they can never cancel God!
Article Title: Rumors Of War, Pestilences, And Earthquakes In Diverse Places…
(OPINION) Michael Snyder – Most people still don’t realize this, but the truth is that we have entered an apocalyptic time in human history. War, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, economic problems and civil unrest are all in the headlines on a daily basis already, and they are all going to be a bigger part of our lives moving forward. Those that have been hoping that our lives would soon “return to normal” will be greatly disappointed, because what we have experienced so far is just the beginning.
Now that the warmongers are back in control in Washington, we should expect a steady stream of war rumors from now on
This week, we are being told that the Biden administration is quite eager to make the Russians “pay” for the Solar Winds hack that was first reported last December. According to the New York Times, the Biden administration is getting ready to initiate a series of “clandestine” cyberattacks that will seriously hurt Russia…
The Biden administration is gearing up to carry out cyberattacks aimed at Russian networks, the New York Times has reported, describing the provocation as a retaliatory measure designed to send Moscow a message.
Citing officials familiar with the operation, the Times said that a “series of clandestine actions” aimed at Russia is expected to begin over the next three weeks and that the cyberattacks are intended to be “evident” to President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s intelligence services, but not to the “wider world.”
The attack will likely coincide with new economic sanctions against Moscow, as well as an executive order from President Joe Biden that would bolster security for US government networks. If the Russians were not the ones behind the Solar Winds hack, they are going to be extremely upset at being attacked for no reason.
A cyberattack is most definitely an act of war, and the Biden administration is taking us down a path that could ultimately lead to military conflict with Russia. Meanwhile, the U.S. is also promising to strike back against pro-Iranian forces for a missile attack that recently hit a military base in Iraq where U.S. troops are stationed…
Meanwhile, the U.S. is also promising to strike back against pro-Iranian forces for a missile attack that recently hit a military base in Iraq where U.S. troops are stationed…
The United States will do what it views as necessary to defend its interests after a rocket attack against Iraq’s Ain al-Sada airbase, which hosts American, coalition and Iraqi forces, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Sunday.
The attack, which was the second in several weeks, took place earlier in March. Pro-Iranian militias were believed to be responsible for the incident. The US attacked several sites in Syria affiliated with Shiite militias shortly after the first incident in February, in which a contractor was killed.
We don’t know exactly when the U.S. will retaliate, but there was a “show of force” on Sunday…
Israeli F-15 fighter jets escorted two American B-52 bombers through Israeli airspace on Sunday in a new show of force by the United States against Iran — with an Israeli element — amid rising tensions in the region.
Meanwhile, things continue to get even more tense between Iran and Israel.
Yesterday, I discussed the fact that Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz is openly threatening to bomb Iran if the Iranians do not stop their nuclear program.
Of course the Iranians have no intention of backing down, and on Monday Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami responded to Gantz by threatening to “level Tel Aviv”…
Iran has responded to a Fox News interview from late last week wherein Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that Israel is currently updating its plans to strike Iran’s nuclear program and is prepared to act independently if the United States is not willing. The interview was unusually blunt even for Israel in terms of the defense chief openly stating war plans.
Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami promptly fired back with a counterthreat on Sunday. He said Iran’s military will level Tel Aviv and Haifa should Israel do anything “out of desperation”.
As I have consistently warned, it is just a matter of time before a major war erupts in the Middle East, and it will be truly horrific.
At the same time, our planet is shaking like we have never seen before.
After getting hit by three giant quakes the other day, New Zealand was just rattled by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake…
New Zealand has been rocked by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake off its east coast just days after a string of quakes in the same region sparked tsunami fears and mass evacuations.
On the other side of the world, Iceland has been shaken by over 20,000 earthquakes…
More than 20,000 earthquakes have rocked southwestern Iceland between Feb. 24 and March 5, according to the country’s meteorological office.
On Sunday alone, the Icelandic Meteorological Office reported about 2,800 quakes, including one that struck with a magnitude of 5.0.
What we have been witnessing is truly unusual.
During the first 65 days of 2021, there have been 42 earthquakes of at least magnitude 6.0. What many people do not realize is that this is an enormous increase over previous years…
The number of earthquakes is increasing. In the first 65 days of 1921, exactly one century ago, only seven major quakes, magnitude 6 or higher were recorded globally according to the USGS DataBase. In the same period last year, a total of 24 major quakes, magnitude 6 or higher were recorded around the globe. Back in 2019, just 20 major quakes had been reported up to March the 6th, just 50% of this year’s total. In 2018, a total of 24 major quakes were reported in the first 65 days of the year and in 2017 just 15. 24 major earthquakes were recorded in the beginning of 2016 and in 2015, just 18.
While acknowledging that there is a marked increase in seismic activity, the authorities claim there is nothing to worry about.
In fact, in all of recorded history there has never been so many major earthquakes during the first 65 days of a calendar year.
Unfortunately, the shaking is only going to get worse.
At the same time that our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, a virulent new COVID strain known as “P1” is absolutely ravaging Brazil…
The country is in crisis with victims dying in chairs as hospitals have been overwhelmed – and doctors say they face a “tsunami” of new infections thanks to the more contagious P1 variant. Brazil has seen a huge Covid spike since the start of February, which has been blamed on a mutant strain that emerged in jungle city Manaus.
Average daily infections are 30 percent higher than the devastating first wave and deaths are up by 32 percent, O Globo reports. In some areas, the rise is over 50 percent. On Saturday Brazil recorded 1,443 deaths and more than 60,000 new infections.
Scientists have discovered that P1 is highly resistant to existing vaccines, and so that is going to be a major problem as P1 continues to spread to other parts of the globe.
In fact, it has already spread to at least 25 other countries, and that list includes the United States.
Sadly, this is certainly not the last major pestilence that we are doing to have to deal with.
We have entered such a dangerous time, and things are really going to get crazy in the months and years ahead.
But most people still don’t understand what is happening, and for the moment ignorance is bliss.
Article Title : If You Need To Move Somewhere Before Everything Hits The Fan, You Need To Do It No
By Michael Snyder (EndTime Headlines )
Enjoy this brief period of relative stability while you can, because it won’t last. I have been sitting here searching for the right words for this article, and I hope that I can accurately convey the urgency of this hour to all of you. Following the election of Joe Biden, there appears to be a bubble of hope in the United States. Short-term economic conditions have stabilized a bit, the COVID pandemic seems to be subsiding, and many are hoping that life will “return to normal” this summer. But what most people do not understand is that the next chapters of “the perfect storm” are about to begin.
The cracked pieces of our planet that we are all floating around on are becoming increasingly unstable, and we witnessed multiple examples of this last week. On one day alone, New Zealand was shaken by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake and a magnitude 8.1 earthquake. On the other side of the globe, Iceland has been hammered by more than 20,000 earthquakes over the past week, and geologists are warning of imminent eruptions at two prominent volcanoes.
Overall, there have been more major earthquakes during the first 65 days of this year than we have ever seen in the first 65 days of any other year in recorded history.
As our planet continues to become more unstable, I would not want to be living anywhere near a major fault line.
Now that the warmongers are back in control in Washington, it also appears that war is on the horizon. Just a little while ago, I published an article entitled “9 Signs That Chess Pieces Are Being Moved Into Place For A Major War In The Middle East” in which I detailed some of the threats that we are potentially facing. Once war begins, things will begin to change very rapidly.
Up until now, most of the civil unrest that we have witnessed in this country has been focused on “social justice” issues, and this week there will be more protests.
But soon there will be a shift. Once war starts, a lot of people will be angry about that, and economic conditions will also feature prominently as the U.S. economy steadily deteriorates.
Speaking of the economy, we are already seeing homeless encampments take over large portions of major cities on the west coast, and we haven’t even gotten to the largest tsunami of evictions in U.S. history yet.
Meanwhile, the emerging global food crisis gets worse with each passing day. Global food prices have risen for nine months in a row, and the head of the UN World Food Program has warned that we will be facing “famines of biblical proportions” in 2021.
I could go on and on. The truth is that there is not a single element of “the perfect storm” that has not already begun, but of course global events are going to escalate dramatically in the months and years ahead.
So if you need to move somewhere before everything hits the fan, you need to do it now.
Over the past 12 months, we have seen the greatest exodus out of our major cities that we have ever seen as millions of Americans have scrambled to relocate.
In fact, one new study found that the number of people fleeing San Francisco increased by 649 percent last year compared to the year before.
San Francisco saw an exodus of residents during the coronavirus pandemic, with the net number of exits increasing 649% in 2020, according to a new report published by the California Policy Lab.
Unfortunately, most of those that have left San Francisco are saying in the state of California, and I believe that is a huge mistake.
When things get really bad, you will not want to be in a heavily populated area or in a region of the country that is prone to natural disasters.
Even cities that used to have low crime rates have totally changed. When I was a kid, I really enjoyed the trips that my family would take to Minneapolis, but now it has become a crime-ridden hellhole that is dominated by roving gangs…
Bill Carlyon moved to the metropolitan area in 1980 to work as an electrical engineer after a brief stint in the army. Back then, he says, Minneapolis was more inclusive than just about anywhere else in the country he ever visited.
“Almost everybody I know won’t come downtown anymore for any reason. We used to come down to theater events and movies all the time. Now there’s gangs that just rove around and beat up old people,” said Carlyon, 69, who prides himself on working with the black community for decades on anti-poverty initiatives.
Believe it or not, Portland was a very nice city at one time too. But now violent crime is absolutely soaring…
More people died of gunfire last year in Portland — 40 — than the entire tally of homicides the previous year. The number of shootings — 900 — was nearly 2 1/2 times higher than the year before. The spike has continued this year, with more than 150 shootings, including 45 people wounded and 12 killed so far.
It is so sad to watch what is happening to that once great city. At the end of last week, I wrote about the epidemic of crimes that are being committed in broad daylight around the nation, and I just came across another example that happened just outside a bar in Portland…
Elmer Yarborough got a terrifying call from his sister: She wept as she told him two of his nephews may have been shot in broad daylight as they left a bar in Portland, Oregon.
He drove there as fast as he could. An officer told him one of his nephews was heading to the hospital and the other, Tyrell Penney, hadn’t survived.
Of course there are countless other examples of people being shot in broad daylight in our major cities. Here is an example from New York…
A man was fatally shot in the head in broad daylight during a dispute outside a Bronx bodega late Friday afternoon, police have said.
Travis Brooker, 35, was killed outside of G&K Deli on Rosedale Ave. near East Tremont Avenue in Parkchester at around 5:15pm.
There is so little fear of the police that the criminals aren’t even waiting for the sun to go down to start shooting people anymore.
And once economic conditions completely implode, the violence is going to get far, far worse.
We should mourn for America, because things could have turned out very differently for our nation if we had made much different choices.
At the same time, if you plan on living through what is ahead you need to get prepared, because the years in front of us are not going to be easy.
Article Title : LGBT Identification Rises to 5.6% in Latest U.S. Estimate
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gallup’s latest update on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identification finds 5.6% of U.S. adults identifying as LGBT. The current estimate is up from 4.5% in Gallup’s previous update based on 2017 data.
Line graph. Gallup trend in self-identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In 2020, 5.6% of U.S. adults identified as LGBT. That is up from 4.5% in 2017, the last year it was asked, and 4.1% in 2016. Between 2012 and 2015, 3.5% to 3.9% of U.S. adults identified as LGBT.
Currently, 86.7% of Americans say they are heterosexual or straight, and 7.6% do not answer the question about their sexual orientation. Gallup’s 2012-2017 data had roughly 5% “no opinion” responses.
The latest results are based on more than 15,000 interviews conducted throughout 2020 with Americans aged 18 and older. Gallup had previously reported annual updates from its 2012-2017 daily tracking survey data, but did not routinely measure LGBT identification in 2018 or 2019.
The identity question asked in 2020 offers a greater level of detail than the question asked in previous years. Now, respondents indicate their precise sexual orientation, rather than simply answering “yes” or “no” to whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Different approaches to measuring LGBT status can produce varying estimates of its incidence in the U.S. population. Results from Gallup’s new question do appear comparable to those from its prior question. The 1.1-percentage-point increase in the 2020 estimate (using the new question) compared with the 2017 estimate (using the old question) is about what would have been predicted from the recent trends. The LGBT percentage rose an average of 0.3 points per year in 2016 and 2017. Assuming that trend continued the past three years, the total increase would have been about one percentage point.
Majority of LGBT Americans Identify as Bisexual
More than half of LGBT adults (54.6%) identify as bisexual. About a quarter (24.5%) say they are gay, with 11.7% identifying as lesbian and 11.3% as transgender. An additional 3.3% volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving. Respondents can give multiple responses when describing their sexual identification; thus, the totals exceed 100%.
Rebasing these percentages to represent their share of the U.S. adult population finds 3.1% of Americans identifying as bisexual, 1.4% as gay, 0.7% as lesbian and 0.6% as transgender.
Americans’ Self-Identified Sexual Orientation
Which of the following do you consider yourself to be? You can select as many as apply: Straight or heterosexual; Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Transgender.
Among LGBT U.S. adults
Among all U.S. adults
Other (e.g., queer, same-gender-loving)
LGBT Identification Not Uncommon Among Younger Generations
One of the main reasons LGBT identification has been increasing over time is that younger generations are far more likely to consider themselves to be something other than heterosexual. This includes about one in six adult members of Generation Z (those aged 18 to 23 in 2020).
LGBT identification is lower in each older generation, including 2% or less of Americans born before 1965 (aged 56 and older in 2020).
Americans’ Self-Identification as LGBT, by Generation
Generation Z (born 1997-2002)
Millennials (born 1981-1996)
Generation X (born 1965-1980)
Baby boomers (born 1946-1964)
Traditionalists (born before 1946)
The vast majority of Generation Z adults who identify as LGBT — 72% — say they are bisexual. Thus, 11.5% of all Gen Z adults in the U.S. say they are bisexual, with about 2% each identifying as gay, lesbian or transgender.
About half of millennials (those aged 24 to 39 in 2020) who identify as LGBT say they are bisexual. In older age groups, expressed bisexual preference is not significantly more common than expressed gay or lesbian preference.
Americans’ Self-Identified Sexual Orientation, by Generation
Generation Z (born 1997-2002)
Millennials (born 1981-1996)
Generation X (born 1965-1980)
Baby boomers (born 1946-1964)
Traditionalists (born before 1946)
In addition to the pronounced generational differences, significant gender differences are seen in sexual identity, as well as differences by people’s political ideology:
- Women are more likely than men to identify as LGBT (6.4% vs. 4.9%, respectively).
- Women are more likely to identify as bisexual — 4.3% do, with 1.3% identifying as lesbian and 1.3% as something else. Among men, 2.5% identify as gay, 1.8% as bisexual and 0.6% as something else.
- 13.0% of political liberals, 4.4% of moderates and 2.3% of conservatives say they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
- Differences are somewhat less pronounced by party identification than by ideology, with 8.8% of Democrats, 6.5% of independents and 1.7% of Republicans identifying as LGBT.
- There are no meaningful educational differences — 5.6% of college graduates and 5.7% of college nongraduates are LGBT.
At a time when Americans are increasingly supportive of equal rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people, a growing percentage of Americans identify themselves as LGBT. With younger generations far more likely than older generations to consider themselves LGBT, that growth should continue.
The pronounced generational differences raise questions about whether higher LGBT identification in younger than older Americans reflects a true shift in sexual orientation, or if it merely reflects a greater willingness of younger people to identify as LGBT. To the extent it reflects older Americans not wanting to acknowledge an LGBT orientation, the Gallup estimates may underestimate the actual population prevalence of it.
One of the biggest recent advances in LGBT rights was the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide. Gallup’s new estimates on same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships in the U.S. can be found here.
Article Title 1:US admiral warns of ‘real possibility’ of nuclear war with Russia and China
Feb 3, 2021
(NYP) – The admiral who heads the US Strategic Command — which is responsible for nuclear deterrence — is calling on the nation’s military and civilian leaders to seek new ways to face threats by Russia and China, including the “real possibility” of nuclear conflict.
Adm. Charles Richard warned that Moscow and Beijing have “begun to aggressively challenge international norms” in “ways not seen since the height of the Cold War.”
“There is a real possibility that a regional crisis with Russia or China could escalate quickly to a conflict involving nuclear weapons, if they perceived a conventional loss would threaten the regime or state,” he wrote in the February issue of Proceedings, the US Naval Institute’s monthly magazine.
“Consequently, the U.S. military must shift its principal assumption from ‘nuclear employment is not possible’ to ‘nuclear employment is a very real possibility,’ and act to meet and deter that reality.”
He added: “We cannot approach nuclear deterrence the same way. It must be tailored and evolved for the dynamic environment we face.”
“At the U.S. Strategic Command, we assess the probability of nuclear use is low, but not ‘impossible,’ particularly in a crisis and as our nuclear-armed adversaries continue to build capability and exert themselves globally,” he wrote.
In his blunt assessment of the geopolitical landscape, Richard also said the US “must wrestle with the relationships among competition, deterrence, and assurance. Despite views to the contrary, successful competition does not result in an ‘end state.’”
“We must rethink how we assess strategic risks and how those assessments inform our planning and execution. Following our conclusion that crisis or conflict with a nuclear-armed adversary could lead to nuclear employment, U.S. Strategic Command embarked on a revised ‘Risk of Strategic Deterrence Failure’ assessment process to better inform our own thinking,” he wrote.
Richard said the Defense Department “must reframe how it prioritizes the procurement of future capabilities. Our record in this regard is not stellar,” adding that “we must ensure that all of our capabilities map to an overarching strategy.”
The Navy officer added that the US “must acknowledge the foundational nature of our nation’s strategic nuclear forces, as they create the ‘maneuver space’ for us to project conventional military power strategically.”
He expressed his alarm at a spike in “cyberattacks and threats in space” by Russia and China, as well as their investment in advanced weapons, including nukes
unchecked, increase the risk of great power crisis or conflict,” he wrote.
“We must actively compete to hold their aggression in check; ceding to their initiatives risks reinforcing their perceptions that the United States is unwilling or unable to respond, which could further embolden them,” Richard continued.
“Additionally, our allies may interpret inaction as an unwillingness or inability to lead. Remaining passive may deny us opportunities to position in ways that underpin one of our greatest strengths: strategic power projection,” he added.
He said he bristles when he hears the Defense Department being accused of “being stuck in the Cold War.”
“The department is well past the Cold War; in fact, a large part of our challenge lies in the fact that we no longer view our environment through the lens of potential enemy nuclear employment,” he wrote.
“The United States has sustained global counter-terrorism efforts for two decades — and has grown accustomed to ignoring the nuclear dimension. Our recent experiences against non-nuclear-armed adversaries have allowed us to believe nuclear use is impossible and not worthy of attention,” Richard continued.
Further, assessing risk is more than just assessing likelihood; it also involves accounting for outcomes. We cannot dismiss or ignore events that currently appear unlikely but, should they occur, would have catastrophic consequences,” Richard added.
He warned that the nuclear capabilities of the US adversaries are “sobering.”
“More than a decade ago, Russia began aggressively modernizing its nuclear forces, including its non-treaty-accountable medium- and short-range systems,” he wrote.
“It is modernizing bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, warning systems, command-and-control (C2) capabilities, and the doctrine to underpin their employment — in short, its entire strategic force structure,” Richard continued.
“This modernization is about 70 percent complete and on track to be fully realized in a few years. In addition, Russia is building new and novel systems, such as hypersonic glide vehicles, nuclear-armed and nuclear-powered torpedoes and cruise missiles, and other capabilities,” he added.
Richard noted that “until we come to a broad understanding of what the threat is and what to do about it, we risk suffering embarrassment — or perhaps worse — at the hands of our adversaries.”
Article Title 2:Guterres calls for UN and Quartet-led Israeli-Palestinian peace process
By TOVAH LAZAROFF FEBRUARY 5, 2021 11:00
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres poses for a photograph during an interview with Reuters at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, US, September 14, 2020
(photo credit: REUTERS/MIKE SEGAR/FILE PHOTO)
“The United Nations remains committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict and bring an end to the suffering,” Guterres said.
nited Nations Secretary-General António Guterres threw his support behind the call for an international peace conference under the auspices of his organization and the Quartet, which would resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the pre-1967 lines.
“The long-agreed goal is clear: To end the occupation and realize a two-state solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders, in line with international law, relevant United Nations resolutions, and bilateral agreements, with Jerusalem as the capital of both states,” Guterres said in New York.
He spoke at the start of the opening 2021 session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
“The United Nations remains committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict and bring an end to the suffering,” Guterres said.
The Israeli-Palestinian peace process has been frozen since 2014. Former US President Donald Trump’s peace plan never led to the resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks and US President Joe Biden is not expected to launch a peace process.
The Palestinian Authority wants to replace a US led peace process model with a multilateral one and PA President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an international peace conference.
Guterres said that “Abbas’s call for an international peace conference under the auspices of the United Nations – and an expanded Middle East Quartet – with considered preparation and involvement by the key parties – provide a positive opportunity to advance peace in the region.”
The Quartet was largely dormant with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the Trump years, because consensus of all four of its members is needed; the United States, the UN, the European Union and Russia.
In an interview with The Washington Post this week, Guterres said that a Quartet meeting could be held within weeks.
At the UN on Thursday Guterres called for Israelis and Palestinians to ‘refrain from unilateral acts that can jeopardize the possibility of restarting the peace process.”
In specific, he asked Israel to ‘immediately halt all settlement activity, which is a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution, and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.”
He also spoke out against violence and Israeli restrictions on Palestinian movement.
“Persistent acts of violence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem and Gaza, as well as Israeli movement and access restrictions and other violations of international humanitarian and human rights law exacerbate mistrust between Israelis and Palestinians and drive us further from peace,” Guterres said.
Separately he also urged Israel to help the Palestinians acquire COVID-19 vaccines.
“The Special Coordinator continues to encourage Israel to help address the priority needs of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory – and to support COVID-19 vaccine availability more generally, which is in line with Israel’s obligations under international law,” Guterres said.
Article Title 3: Defense Secretary orders military-wide effort to address extremism in the ranks
Feb 5, 2021
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a service-wide “stand down” over the next 60 days to give military leaders the chance to address extremism in the ranks — after the Pentagon was stunned to find that veterans and active-duty service members were among those involved in the storming of the U.S. Capitol in January.
Under the stand down, service members would have a break in their regular activity, so “each service, each command and each unit can take the time out to have these needed discussions with the men and women of the force,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters Wednesday.
The 60-day period would enable commanders to schedule events based on the rhythm of their operations, but it’s not fully clear what shape this stand down will take.
The events of January 6 were “a wakeup call” for the Pentagon and for Austin, the nation’s first Black defense secretary, Kirby said, adding that the unrest at the Capitol “certainly had an electric effect here at the Department of Defense in terms of the notion that anybody active duty — let alone in the veteran community — but in the active duty could be involved.”
Austin issued the stand-down order in a meeting with all the service secretaries and service chiefs on Wednesday morning. Military leaders said the lack of a concrete definition for extremism often makes it challenging to root out among the enlisted. According to Kirby, they also mentioned there is no uniform policy on policing social media accounts of service members, since there are First Amendment issues to consider. Both of these problems will likely be discussed during the stand down to help move forward on solutions.
This directive follows another memo from Austin last month that ordered senior leaders to report back to him on the issue of sexual assault. They’re facing a deadline Friday to provide a summary of the prevention and accountability measures they’ve taken in the past year.
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First Article Title: 20 Numbers From 2020 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe (01/4/2020)
BY MICHAELSNYDER/ECONOMIC COLLAPSE
2020 has been a year that none of us will ever forget. We experienced the worst global pandemic in 100 years, we witnessed the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s, civil unrest erupted in major cities all over America, and we had one of the wildest presidential elections in our history.
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First Article Title: Cures for Covid-19 are Forbidden
While humanity is facing the worst nightmare in her entire existence, suddenly a sound of deliverance resounds: there is healing for Covid-19! Thousands upon thousands of patients recovered from this horrible virus in a matter of days, without any side effects, without hospitalization and virtually without any deaths. This incredibly powerful cure is an age old anti-viral medicine that has been used worldwide for more than 60 years: hydroxychloroquine.
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‘This is the end of the pandemic’ exclaimed one of the world’s most renown scientists, professor Didier Raoult from France.
Professor Raoult is the global expert on infectious diseases and personally treated more than four thousand covid patients with this safe, cheap and amazingly effective drug combo: hydroxychloroquone combined with azitromycine. Virtually all of his patients healed in a short period of time. (1)
In his footsteps followed medical doctors like Dr. Zelenko from New York (2) who healed over a thousand Covid-19 patients, and Dr. Stella Immanuel from Texas who saw 350 patients recover (78) without a single death. All over the world tens of thousands of covid patients recovered rapidly, thanks to this amazing treatment.
Second Article Title: Iran warns Israel not to cross Gulf ‘red lines’
Iran warned Israel on Monday not to cross its “red lines” in the Gulf in the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency and following a reported Israeli submarine deployment.
Foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stressed the Islamic republic would defend itself against any American military “adventure” in the runup to the January 20 handover of power in Washington.
The statement came a week after the US Navy announced a nuclear submarine was being deployed to the Gulf, in a new show of force directed at Iran.
Media in Israel have since reported that an Israeli submarine has crossed the Suez Canal also headed for the Gulf, a report that has not been officially confirmed or denied.
“Everyone knows what the Persian Gulf signifies for Iran,” Khatibzadeh told an online news conference.
“Everyone knows the policies (of Tehran) regarding security and national security… Everyone knows very well how high the risk is raised if the red lines of Iran are crossed.”
Tehran accuses its regional foe Israel of responsibility for several anti-Iranian operations, including the assassination last month of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
The United States, for its part, has accused Iran of involvement in a rocket attack last week near its Baghdad embassy, as Tehran prepares to mark the first anniversary of the killing of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike in January.
“We have sent messages to the US government and our friends in the region (warning) the current US regime not to embark on a new adventure in its final days at the White House,” said Khatibzadeh.
He said Iran was not seeking to increase tension and called for “rational people in Washington” to take the same line until President-elect Joe Biden replaces Trump in the White House.
Decades-old tensions between Washington and Tehran have soared since 2018, when Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal.
The arch enemies have twice come to the brink of war since June 2019, especially following the killing of Soleimani.
Article Title 1: How PayPal Is Helping Usher in a Cashless Society
Its new QR code technology could be a game changer for digital payments adoption.
John covers consumer goods and technology companies for Fool.com.
While the U.S. still has a long way to go to match China as a cashless society, PayPal Holdings(NASDAQ:PYPL) is helping the U.S. bridge the gap. PayPal has struck deals with several major retailers to use its QR code solution at checkout. If its technology becomes more widely adopted, PayPal will cement its position in the rapidly expanding digital payments market.
Here’s what PayPal’s QR code solution could mean for its growth.
A momentous year for PayPal
PayPal Holdings reported stellar earnings results through 2020, as mobile payment adoption soared during the pandemic. In the third quarter, total payment volume and revenue grew 36% and 25%, respectively, excluding currency changes. That’s the strongest growth in the company’s history.
Even though more people are using mobile payments, the U.S. still lags China, where 53.5% of the population is estimated to use in-store mobile payments, according to eMarketer. In 2019, 64 million people in the U.S. used in-store mobile payments, which is about one-fifth of the population. That gap in mobile payments usage between the U.S. and China is PayPal’s opportunity.
PayPal is on pace to gain 70 million net new active accounts in 2020. Those new customers should bring in even more transactions and fuel further growth for PayPal’s platform, which just hit a record 4 billion transactions processed in the third quarter.
Growth in new customers is not a problem for PayPal. The real challenge is figuring out ways to increase the frequency that users transact with their accounts for everyday purchases. Since PayPal makes most of its money by charging fees for each transaction processed, increasing customer engagement is a key ingredient to driving revenue growth and fueling returns for shareholders.
As of the third quarter, PayPal’s transactions per active account stood at 40, which means users made a transaction at a rate of less than once per week over the last year. It is encouraging that PayPal can generate $20 billion in revenue and $3.1 billion in net profit with customers using their account as infrequently as they currently do.
Just imagine what those numbers would look like if PayPal achieves its long-term goal of making its platform an everyday use case for its users. Revenue and profits would certainly be multiples higher than they are now. PayPal’s new QR code checkout solution is taking a big step in that direction.
Major retailers are adopting PayPal’s checkout technology
In May, PayPal announced that its QR code payment solution was available to buy and sell goods across 28 markets worldwide. It was marketed as a “touch-free way to buy and sell in-person.” Given PayPal’s 361 million active customer accounts, it didn’t take long for large retailers to sign up to tap into that large installed base of users.
In July, CVS Health‘s pharmacy chain became the first national retailer to integrate PayPal and Venmo QR code technology at checkout across 8,200 CVS Pharmacy stores.
More deals have followed, including with Nike and Bed Bath & Beyond. There could be more announcements coming, as PayPal remains in talks with more than 100 large retailers.
The launch of its QR code solution does more than expand PayPal’s addressable market to offline payments. For example, when people use two or more of PayPal’s products, including checkout solutions and peer-to-peer payments, it drives down customer churn by 50%. In other words, QR codes are another way to make PayPal’s brand more ubiquitous, easier to use, and a stickier experience for customers.
PayPal’s move into offline retail will be a “multiyear journey,” as CEO Dan Schulman explained during the third-quarter conference call. But he also acknowledged that management is already seeing “strong early adoption” of its QR code technology, which is a great sign for the company’s long-term growth prospects.
Investors are high on PayPal’s prospects
This growth stock has seen its valuation stretch to a high forward P/E of 57 recently. That could limit further gains in the very near term, but PayPal can grow into that valuation over the long term. Management believes the business is now on a trajectory to grow faster than the original medium-term outlook of 17% to 18% annual currency-neutral revenue growth.
It might be tempting for investors who bought shares earlier this year to sell and lock in quick gains, but given the enormous opportunities PayPal still has in a wide-open market, this is a stock worth holding for the long haul.
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Second Article Title: Pope could resign after Christmas as Francis vowed to ‘follow Benedict XVI’
POPE FRANCIS could step down before the end of the year, according to a source close to the Vatican, who previously speculated that the Pontiff could “resign in 2020”.
By CALLUM HOARE
The 83-year-old became head of the Catholic Church following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI – a controversial move and the first of its kind in more than 500 years. However, a source close to Pope Francisclaimed he would only serve for seven years, stating he would follow in the footsteps of his predecessor. Austen Ivereigh is the former Director for Public Affairs of the previous Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and continues to work closely with the Vatican.
He said in 2015: “He made clear from the beginning that he regarded Pope Benedict’s (XVI) act as a prophetic act of great modesty and he would have absolutely no problem in doing the same.
What was interesting was he said to Mexican television in 2014 that he believed that he would have a short papacy of about five years.
“What I’m hearing now from people close to him is that he’s going to need seven years to achieve his five-year plan and that, of course, would mean staying on until 2020.”
Speaking in a lengthy television interview with the Mexican programme ‘Noticieros Televisa,’ the Pontiff responded to a question from journalist Valentina Alazraki about the length of his papacy.
He said: “I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief.
”Four or five years. I do not know, or two, three. Well, two have already passed.
“It’s like a little vague feeling, but I have the feeling that the Lord puts me [here] for a brief thing and not more.”
Third Article Title: China to leapfrog U.S. as world’s biggest economy by 2028: think tank
By Reuters Staff
LONDON (Reuters) – China will overtake the United States to become the world’s biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously estimated due to the contrasting recoveries of the two countries from the COVID-19 pandemic, a think tank said.
“For some time, an overarching theme of global economics has been the economic and soft power struggle between the United States and China,” the Centre for Economics and Business Research said in an annual report published on Saturday.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding economic fallout have certainly tipped this rivalry in China’s favour.”
The CEBR said China’s “skilful management of the pandemic”, with its strict early lockdown, and hits to long-term growth in the West meant China’s relative economic performance had improved.
China looked set for average economic growth of 5.7% a year from 2021-25 before slowing to 4.5% a year from 2026-30.
While the United States was likely to have a strong post-pandemic rebound in 2021, its growth would slow to 1.9% a year between 2022 and 2024, and then to 1.6% after that.
Japan would remain the world’s third-biggest economy, in dollar terms, until the early 2030s when it would be overtaken by India, pushing Germany down from fourth to fifth.
The United Kingdom, currently the fifth-biggest economy by the CEBR’s measure, would slip to sixth place from 2024.
However, despite a hit in 2021 from its exit from the European Union’s single market, British GDP in dollars was forecast to be 23% higher than France’s by 2035, helped by Britain’s lead in the increasingly important digital economy.
Europe accounted for 19% of output in the top 10 global economies in 2020 but that will fall to 12% by 2035, or lower if there is an acrimonious split between the EU and Britain, the CEBR said.
It also said the pandemic’s impact on the global economy was likely to show up in higher inflation, not slower growth.
“We see an economic cycle with rising interest rates in the mid-2020s,” it said, posing a challenge for governments which have borrowed massively to fund their response to the COVID-19 crisis.
“But the underlying trends that have been accelerated by this point to a greener and more tech-based world as we move into the 2030s.”
Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Toby Chopra
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